IF YOU ARE NEW TO FREELANCE WRITING IT IS IMPORTANT TO START A PORTFOLIO OF YOUR WORK TO SHOW EDITORS. THE PORTFOLIO OF YOUR WORK SHOULD BE IN THREE FORMS. A HARD COPY, A WEBSITE OR BLOG AND IN EMAIL-ABLE FORM.
The hard copy of your work can simply be clips from newspapers and magazines that have published your work. Arrange the clips in a binder or folder with separate pages for each article. As well as the clip of the article also include the following information.
– The name and date of the magazine or newspaper the clip appears in.
– The name, phone number and email of the editor who hired you.
– The rights that were sold with the piece.
– How many words the piece is.
– Prints or photocopies of any photos.
The hard copy of your work is handy to show new editors after you have arranged to have an appointment with them.
A website or blog should showcase your work in electronic format. Simply scan clips of your work and put them on your website or blog. Don’t forget to add the same information about your clips as you did with the hard copy portfolio. Personally, I prefer using a blog as opposed to a webisite as it is more user friendly. A blog is very easy to edit and update. The main advantage of websites and blogs is that they can be accessed from anywhere in the world. This is handy if you are dealing with interstate or overseas editors.
An email-able form of your portfolio is simply copies of your articles in Word or PDF format. The text and photos of your published articles as well as the same relevant information provided in your hard copy version are saved in a Word or PDF document. This can easily be emailed to editors located anywhere.
If you are just starting out and have not had any of your work published in magazines or newspapers, just make up portfolios of your articles that you have completed in your studies or courses. Use only the best examples of your work. Try to go for quality not quantity.
Remember your portfolio is your calling card and the best way to market your services. If editors like what they see it increases chances of them hiring you. The more marketing of your services you do, the more you increase the chances of you getting work.